Ricci Rivero comes up clutch for DLSU, Adamson soars past UST

DLSU Green Archers 115 – NU Bulldogs 109

AdU Falcons 88 – UST Growling Tigers 81

The La Salle Green Archers showcased their potent offense in their second game in Season 80. The NU Bulldogs didn’t allow the Green Archers to trample them. The Bulldogs ran alongside the Green Archers and showcased their brand new fast-paced offense as well. The two combined for the highest scoring UAAP game in more than a decade.

It was a nip and tuck affair as the Mayhem system got the athletic Green Archers buckets in a wide open, free flowing game. NU matched DLSU’s scoring by pushing the pace at every possession. Coach Jamike Jarin was looking to beat Coach Aldin Ayo at his own game. The Bulldogs held a one-point lead with two minutes left in the game when Ricci Rivero scored four straight points to give his team a three-point lead, 110-107. The dagger came from his brother with more than 30 seconds left in the game.

The younger Rivero took advantage of a misaligned NU defense and got into the lane. He sucked up the defenders and dished off to his older brother Prince for the baseline bucket. Ricci who had a bad shooting night in their first made up for it with a 20-point performance. Aljun Melecio continued to shoot well with 20 points and eight assists. Jordan Bartlett broke out to lead the Bulldogs with 23 points.


The Adamson Falcons bounced back from an opening weekend loss with a win over the UST Growling Tigers. It wasn’t an easy win though as the Tigers came back from a big deficit to challenge the Falcons in the end.

The Pumaren Press was at it’s best for the first three quarters of the game. Adamson forced UST to a whopping 41 turnovers as they pressured the young Tiger ball handlers to several mistakes in the back court. This allowed the Falcons to convert 32 points off those turnovers. Adamson was able to build a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. UST adjusted in the final period to go on one final run. The Tigers tightened up their game to go on a 14-4 run to cut the Adamson lead down to just five points. But the Falcons did enough in the end game to take home the win.

Robbie Manalang led Adamson with 19 points, 11 coming in the first half. Kurt Lojera scored 16 points, six coming in the crucial fourth quarter stand. Tyrus Hill had two highlight dunks during the game but one was waived off as he took extra steps before takeoff.